The Dump is a photo book about some of the most silent and abused people in the world. They are the unfortunate, who have been forced to spend their lives on and around the notorious Cambodian garbage dumps. It is a journey along a road of poverty, humiliation and oceans of tears with no end and no apparent hope for the future. This book is also a tribute to the most persistent people on earth, who refuse to give up the only thing they have - their pride as human beings. After decades of an extremely brutal domestic war, Cambodia today is a fragile, tropical paradise with incomprehensible corruption and a total lack of human rights. Still, the mothers, fathers and children of these garbage dumps far better represent the pride of humanity than most of us.
PEPPE ARNINGE has been a freelance contract photographer for Scanpix Sweden (AP, AFP, Reuters, DPA and Corbis) since 1998. He also worked under contract with New York-based picture agency WpN between 2005 and 2009. Based in South East Asia, his single pictures and photographic stories have regularly been published in almost every newspaper in Scandinavia. He is a graduate of the University of Stockholm and holds degrees from Berghs School of Communications and the Swedish Institute of Film. JOHAN STIERNSPETZ has been a professional graphic designer, art director, illustrator and photographer since the early 1980s, specializing in logotypes and books. He was educated at RMI Berghs School of Advertising and Fine Arts and also holds degrees in interaction design and CCS programming. In mid 1980 he founded his own design studio, Talking Design. Since 2008 the Publicera Publishing Group, Ltd have used Talking Design as a partner. Johan also produces his own books under the Publicera logo.